Thursday, October 9, 2014

October Goals

So we are READY almost 1/3 of the way through the month so these are some very belated goals... There are not a lot of them.
  1. Run the Army 10 Miler-  I honestly have been thinking about blowing this off but if a bib magically falls into my lap I will do it. I have promised Matt that if I do not do the 10 miler I will sign up for a 1/2 marathon.
  2. Focus on Family- We have a TON going on at work right now and I've been taking work home daily to work into the night, after the boys go to bed. So I'm making every effort to really unplug when I'm home... the result will be less blogging. 
  3. Continue to Rock Out my PTA responsibilities- The fall is my busiest time... This weekend the directory will be compiled, Spirit Wear sales start TODAY, This is the first week for extracurricular activities, and Matt and I had a successful first meeting of the Beech Tree Robotics Club. 
  4. Trip to Savannah- I am once again having to cancel a planned trip to savannah (due to work this time) but I hope to take a three day weekend to head down there at some point this month.
  5. DIY Gifts for Christmas - I would like to cross off at least 5 items on my list of Christmas gifts to make... 

Here is a photo from our first Robotics club meeting. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

September Re-Cap

Here is a run down of my September! I shared my goals for the month here

  1. Run a 5 Miles Race... I completed the Navy 5 Miler in 53:10.
  2. Maximize Family Fun Time... I'm happy to report that the last month was action packed when it came to family time...
  3. Start Christmas Shopping/DIY... I have a plan of a few gifts that I need to DIY... First I need my etching kit to arrive!
  4. Be a PTA Superstar... work in progress. Robotics club and other after school activities start next week and once those are rolling things will get easier.
  5. Throw an awesome Construction Birthday Party... DONE! Hunter had a blast with his friends!
  6. Become a LEGO master... I'm officially signed up as a leader for the Robotics club...

  1. Finish reading nook in playroom... Still need to do this.
  2. Trip to Savannah... Didn't get a chance to go down due to medical issues with Gibson.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gibson at 6 Months

Last week Gibson turned 6 months! Time is just flying by!

Here are a few photos that I managed to snap just the other day (he was NOT excited about it)! First time in JEANS... such a cutie!

 At 6 Months Gibson:
  • Continues to have his tongue out all the time and does not suck his thumb or a pacifier
  • Eats almost double what the "average" 6 month old eats in a day (in terms of breast milk) plus two extra scoops of formula in each bottle of breast milk.
  • Loves bananas, broccoli, quinoa, and strawberries
  • Sleeps 13 hours a night (7:30 p.m. - 8:30 a.m.)
  • Rolls all around
  • Sleeps on his tummy most of the time but will sometimes roll to his back
  • Laughs ALL the time and LOVES to just stare at Gibson and Emma
  • No stranger anxiety... homeboy will go to anyone.
  • Continues to have weekly "playgroups" with his doctor
  • Celebrated his big brother's 2nd Birthday
So here is the run down on Gibson and his weight. We still have no clue. We have discovered that Gibson eats about DOUBLE the amount of the "average" child his age. He typically eats 45+ oz and will down a 10 oz bottle like it is nothing. Our current feeding regimen (we have tried many in the last month) is to feed him two 10 oz bottles of my breast milk each day with two additional scoops of formula added into the milk bottle to add even more calories to his diet. After he gets those two bottles I'm able to breast feed on demand.

We continue to see our main doctor on a weekly basis for a weight check, nutrition re-evaluation (trying new things to get him to gain), and testing. Last week we went to a GI specialist at Children's hospital but she doesn't think that his lack of weight gain is GI related... but on a side note she plans to follow his progress because she has "never seen a baby his age that eats so much..." I mean that is really the main issue.... Gibson continues to be super happy and hits all other developmental milestones. If he wasn't gaining and consumed normal amounts of food I really do not think that anyone would be alarmed and heck I don't think I would be either... we would all just agree that he was a small guy and was likely going to be tall and skinny like his Daddy... The most alarming part to everyone seems to be that he drinks SOO much over the normal amount and that even with the addition of formula to my breast milk his weight just doesn't go up and even falls...

Here is a caloric comparison
  •  "typical" baby consumes about 25 oz a day at 20 calories per oz = 500 calories daily in milk
  • Gibson eats at least 45 oz a day at 20 calories per oz + 40 calories added from additional formula= 940 (at least) calories daily
  • We had one good week when we gained, which was exciting. However, once the doctor saw how MUCH he ate daily it was determined that he had made a mistake and added too much additional formula in because he was consuming over 1,100 calories a day for that week... After talking with a nutritionist to get the levels correct his formula was adjusted to just 4 additional scoops per day (equal to 40 additional calories).

Every week when I put him on the scale I just feel so defeated when he doesn't gain. Next week we are going to Children's in D.C to see a metabolic specialist . I'm looking forward to seeing what they say because these every week "playdates" to the doctor are not my idea of a good time.

Here is a look back at the last few months:

5 Months
3 Months
2 Months
1 Month

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hunter's First Haircut

Just look at these Curls... Warning there are a TON of photos of Hunter's hair pre-cut because I want to remember his lovely locks...

Also ignore our bug bite!

Last week we decided that it was time for Hunter's first haircut! I love the curls and long hair but I was noticing that the longer bangs were starting to get in his eyes and bother him... so it was, sadly, time for a change.

So I mad an appointment for BOTH Matt and Hunter at Floyd's 99 Barbershop. Matt was very anti getting Hunter's hair cut so I figured if I picked a cool venue that he would be more on board... I also decided that it would be best to have Hunter see his daddy get his hair cut first so that he wouldn't be frightened...

Some more pre-cut photos

AHHH these curls melt my heart

They had some coloring books to keep Hunter occupied...

Because let's be honest he didn't care to watch Daddy get his haircut... Next time we will just do Hunter alone because it ended up being way too much time in the shop. Hunter lost his patience by the time he was up.

Here are their names on the book...

Getting ready. He sat on Daddy's lap

Last photo of the curls

I love the look on his face... he is just NOT sure about what is going down
There are not more photos of during because we had to use my phone as a distraction for him.

Here are the after photos of my big boy!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Hunter's Favorite Things

I guess My Hunter Week really turned into two weeks due to my lack of posting! SORRY!

Here are a few of Hunter's favorite things at two!

This damn Thomas the Train Whistle! He LOVES it!

This boy carries this lunch box around all the time! Even at home when he is hungry he will bring me his lunch box and ask to eat!

OBSESSED with riding this CAT truck around the house. Ours does not have the Excavator on the back because it was found at a thrift store for only $7 but believe me it still makes noise and that is really all Hunter cares about.

He loves building new animals with the Funny Animal Mega Bloks Set. He also loves dumping out the bag!

If we were to get some fast food Hunter likes FIVE GUYS! He will down a Bacon Little Cheeseburger!

We take waffles very seriously in our house and they continue to be a favorite for Hunter! We have this GREAT Waring Pro machine

Hunter is also obsessed with Green Juice. Typically the only juice he gets are fresh smoothies that my mom makes him or this juice.

And how could I leave out ELMO! We sleep with our Big Hugs Elmo every night and he even got to meet Elmo the other day at my work! (More photos coming soon... they need to crop out the "handlers" from the official photos)